January 27, 2009

Fireworks leave 2,268 tons of trash

Sanitation officials in Beijing said workers picked up 2,268 tons of fireworks debris following the arrival of the Chinese Lunar New Year.

Beijing Municipal Administration Commission officials said more than 10,000 sanitation workers were deployed Sunday night and Monday morning to collect spent casings from fireworks fired off in the streets to greet the New Year, Xinhua, China's state-run news agency, reported Tuesday.

Beijingers have apparently lit up more fireworks this year -- the debris we collected was 168 tons more than last year, said Zhang Zhiqiang, operation manager of Beijing Environment Sanitation Engineering Group Co.